Saturday September 16

In less than 1 week the Autumnal Equinox will mark the start of the Fall season and then three months away will be winter. But we are starting to get winter outlooks from various sources, and I like many of you enjoy seeing who says what. I encourage ingesting info from many sources and I will be contributing my take on the snow shortly. But the purpose of this post is to show you what is already available online and break it down.

The first thing that may stand out here is that there are more than one Almanac. Here are the Farmers Almanac and Old Farmers Almanac. Much like last year, they are split on how they view the upcoming winter for our region. I do feel the need to remind you that last year from these two sources provided our region with ‘mild and snowy” and ‘ice cold, snow filled” outlooks. We needed up with one of the 5 lowest snow seasons on record.

Below the almanacs here are two other ‘suggestions’ for  this 2017 to 2018 winter. I will continue to share info as it is revealed. My preliminary outlook will be in the next week. My full winter outlook should be ready around the week of Halloween.

Again- This is NOT my forecast. 

FITF store and new items will be open soon

Fall Equinox is at 4:02 PM Fri Sep 22


Farmers Almanac

Suggestion: Cold, Snowy


Old Farmers Almanac

Suggestion: Mild and Wet


But wait, there’s more

NOAA has issued a La Nina Watch for a developing cooler water pattern in the Pacific Ocean. The was expected to play a role last year, but is now perceived to be a stronger event. A classic La Nina historically brings a faster northern dominated jet stream into the Mid Atlantic. The specific track could bring in frequent cold, but smaller systems, while pushing water aim masses just to our south. This can split our region in half… it all depends on the track plot.

Wooly Bears

Muy son spotted this all black caterpillar this week!  They are the groundhogs of fall with respect to snow… and the width of the orange stripe determine the length of warm weather in winter… Or does it?  This may actually just be a different breed.

This is one of may weather folklore hints found in nature.



Also see:

Low Snow Winters In Baltimore: Records Might Surprise You

Weather Folklore

NOAA Ranks Blizzard 2016 4th Worst Snowstorm On Record

Blizzard 2016 Record Top Snowstorm: Area Totals

2017 Farmers Almanac Outlooks: But they were wrong


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